The 2013 Acura TL has received recognition from the U.S. News & World Report as the "Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families" during the 2013 "Best Cars for Families" awards. Mike Accavitti, Acura’s VP for national marketing operations, said that this luxury sedan remains a smart choice for many families since it has the right mix of comfort, performance, and safety.
Accavitti added that the safety ratings, the technology expected in every Acura, and the luxurious interior make it an ideal luxury sedan. The spacious seating is also ideal for families with children. To qualify for the awards for "Best Cars for Families," the vehicle must not only have the prerequisite size and quality expected from family cars but also features that are family-friendly.
The awarding body measures quality through a weighted average of scores from rankings culled by U.S. News when the awards are given. The rankings look into a number of factors like reliability, safety, and even reviews by critics. In terms of size, the scoring is based on the seating capacity of the car and the amount of interior space.
The family-friendly features are characteristics that editors of U.S. News have selected as the main factors that are practical to families. Owing largely to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, the 2013 TL has managed to get recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and was given a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating despite the strict testing standards.
This safety feature ensures that occupants are protected especially in the event of frontal crashes. The Acura 2013 TL, and all other Acura models, also have different safety measures from the Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control to the Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
All the seatbelts of the 2013 TL have load limiters and automatic tensioning systems. The 2013 TL has two variants; the all-wheel drive and the front-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive uses the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ and has a 305hp 3.7-liter, 24-valve, V-6 engine. The engine also allows for a 273 lb-ft of torque.
The front-wheel drive meanwhile has a 280hp 3.5-liter, 24-valve, V-6 engine with a torque of 254 lb-ft. Both variants come with the Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission. For those who prefer manual transmission, Acura offers 6-speed manual transmission but only under the Technology package for the all-wheel drive. The Acura 2013 TL has a price tag of $35,905.